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July 2013

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

July 31, 2013

National: Obama pledges to strengthen Voting Rights Act

Alabama: Hearing set for changes in voting locations | Voting Rights Act resolution doesn't get vote | Bennett to take oath as secretary of state

California: Judge OKs lawsuit over alleged voting discrimination in Anaheim

Colorado: Gessler won't pay for election

Florida: Pinellas elections office to sent 1,800 voters new information cards

Illinois: Illinois prepares for online voter registration | Lake County sues state over voter law

Indiana: Clark County election board considers switch to vote centers | Ex-Ind. elections chief sues defense lawyer

Kansas: Dems want to take stab at amending proof-of-citizenship law

Louisiana: Orleans Parish elections supervisor still locked out of City Hall

Maryland: Two Md. women accused of using dead moms' names on ballots | Residents, officials urge early voting site in Damascus | Woman charged with voting fraud

Michigan: SOS website lets you check out your ballot online

Mississippi: Bryant will fight federal preclearance in state elections | Courtroom drama unfolds in Hattiesburg election fraud case, mistrial declared

Missouri: County clerk's office gears up for Aug. 6 special election

New Jersey: Date set for Parsippany primary challenge hearing | Local politicians sound off on special election

New York: New York vows to provide Bengali ballots after lawsuit filed | Election investigation timeline | Vote to make Staten Islander next BOE chief fails by one | Chief's charges rock Dutchess: 94 counts filed against election official | NYC BOE has been without an executive director for three years

North Carolina: Voting changes roll out in 2014, 2016 | Additional Forsyth County early voting sites denied

Pennsylvania: Judge in Pa. voter ID trial holds private hearing | Lawyers spar over voter ID law in court | State ends testimony in voter ID case

Rhode Island: No charges following voter fraud probe

South Dakota: Three S.D. tribes ask for voting offices in 2014 election | Tribes want polls closer to where they live

Texas: Prairie View A&M students demand on-campus voting

Washington: Elections dump controversial ballot-tracker system

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

July 30, 2013

National: Alberto Gonzales: Voting rights laws 'have to be reasonable' | Civil rights activists upbeat after Obama meeting on voting | Fight over voting rights reignites | Obama reassures leaders on enforcing voting rights

Colorado: County asks state for recall funds

Connecticut: Primary costs in Middletown could cost up to $35K

Florida: Wrong ballots sent in St. Pete's primary | Wilcox identifies 8,500 'inactive' voters

Illinois: Illinois online voter registration to be in place next July | White questions voter policies

Iowa: Libertarian Jake Porter will run for Iowa secretary of state

Kentucky: New trial date set on vote fraud charge

Louisiana: Elections administrator says board was ousted from City Hall offices

Mississippi: Canton appoints new election commission | Both sides rest in Ware v. DuPree election trial

Montana: Montana Native Vote cleared in election day charge

New Jersey: Some polling places moving for primary | Glen Rock superintendent asks election board to relocate polling places

New York: Election board pick could help Bloomberg stop override of NYPD bill veto

North Carolina: Elections board to evaluate early voting request | State board denies expunged voters' appeal | Felon accused of voting in 2012 election

Ohio: Voter training for BMV workers proposed | Poll worker sentenced for illegal voting

Oklahoma: Elections board announces promotions and new hire

Pennsylvania: Voter ID trial slated to resume Tuesday | Case ponders balancing voter ID law against voters' rights

Rhode Island: Mollis plans to run for lieutenant governor

South Carolina: Some Greenwood residents have a new voting location

Texas: Obama pledges to keep up fight on voting rights, including in Texas | Secretary of state approves WilCo to use vote centers

Vermont: Vt. allows voter registration during insurance buy

Monday, 29 July 2013

July 27-29, 2013

California: Blind voters sue Alameda County over voter machine problems | Some say scrap costly, low turnout special elections | League of California Cities reviews VRA lawsuits

Colorado: Colorado online voter system could play role in future recall elections

Connecticut: Registrar reduction on Hartford horizon | Duleep expands access to registrar's office as primary approaches | Berlin implements emergency plan for upcoming election days

Florida: Tommy Hardee: There' no off-year in the supervisor of elections office

Georgia: Former Columbia county director of elections dies

Guam: GEC makes FY14 budget request

Illinois: Quinn signs bill allowing online voter registration in Illinois | White backs online voter registration

Louisiana: Lawsuit claimed as reason more voters registering

Maryland: Misdemeanor convicts mistakenly struck from voter rolls

Michigan: Michigan law could lead to fewer recall elections

Minnesota: New technology to be tested at Minn. electoral polls

Mississippi: Plaintiff rests following testimony alleging voter fraud | Tensions high: Ware's team rests its case | Jurors given much to ponder in Ware v. DuPree

New Jersey: Somerset Hills towns prep for Senate primary

New York: Felony conviction means loss of civil rights, some able to get them back | Camden officials unsuccessful in reversing polling site location change

North Carolina: Major voting changes will reshape elections | Voter ID bill raises controversy in North Carolina | North Carolina's college students are in cross hairs of voter ID bill | Elections bill draws mixed reactions locally | New Hanover County plans for upcoming municipal elections | OC early voting sites chosen | Lee elections office adjusting to changes | NAACP ready to take legal action against voter ID

Pennsylvania: Balancing voter ID law against voters' rights | At trial, dueling estimates on voters who lack ID | Closing arguments expected in voter ID trial

South Carolina: November 2013 election expected to be costliest ever

Texas: Commissioners consider elections administrator | Military voter program needs further review by commissioners | Holder adds to voting rights debate for Texans

Virginia: Big changes coming for Prince William County voters | Online voter registration wins thumbs up from local registrar | SBE now has online training program | Virginia elections board offers online voter registration drive training for third parties

Washington: AutoMARK voting machines to be available for Thurston County primary

Wisconsin: Bernier: Voter ID likely back on tap for Legislature

Friday, 26 July 2013

July 26, 2013

National: Justice Dept. to take on states over voting rights | Ginsburg: Push for voter ID laws predictable

Alabama: AG says state ready for DOJ challenge to voter ID law

Alaska: State seeks new voter registration system | Voting map submitted, language lawsuit filed

California: Riverside gets creative in voter registration and early voting efforts

Illinois: Locals educated on voter registration laws

Kansas: Kansas voting laws could face DOJ scrutiny

Kentucky: Clerk files ethics complaint against Grimes

Louisiana: Federal judge to hear Baton Rouge voting rights case Friday

Maryland: New district plan worries Berlin

Mississippi: Ware among witnesses called in day two of testimony | 375 absentee ballots called illegal in Hattiesburg election

Nebraska: Bellevue special election will mean greater expense for Sarpy County

New Hampshire: Hassan vetoes changes to absentee ballot processing

New Jersey: State to reimburse county for special elections | Fall's heavy election schedule has officials scrambling | Council opposes Oct. election | Special elections pose costly questions in Montclair | Candidate sues to change Atlantic County ballot

New York: McDonough seeks $5M following voter fraud case | Former Silver aide will be BOE enforcer

North Carolina: North Carolina first to tighten voting laws after ruling | Voter ID bill, proposed system overhaul prompts protest in Wilmington | Senate approves voter ID bill | Elections officials split on voter ID bill | Voting changes head to governor | Widespread voter fraud not an issue in NC, data shows | Protest at Wilmington city hall targets voting bill

North Dakota: Another warrant issues in voter fraud case

Pennsylvania: Expert rebuts Pa. voter ID claims | State to call more witnesses in voter ID trial | Union says more than 35K voters disenfranchised in November

South Carolina: Columbia election will cost up to $71K more than budgeted

Tennessee: Forrest Hill Community Center to again be used as polling precinct | Davidson election commission delays vote on move

Texas: Feds seek new scrutiny of Texas election laws | A guide to voting rights lawsuits in Texas | Local leaders react to impending court action on voting | Jeff Co. voters could soon cast ballots at any polling location

Utah: N. Ogden council OKs poll workers after debate

Virginia: Online voter registration 'good' for county

Wisconsin: Windsor, DeForest to purchase new election equipment

Thursday, 25 July 2013

July 25, 2013

Alaska: Rock the vote recap

Arizona: Who controls local elections at issue in suit against state

Connecticut: West Haven parent fights for no polling places at schools

Florida: Fed court dismisses Fla. voter purge lawsuit | More fallout from VRA ruling: Court dismisses challenge to Fla.'s voter purge | Split decision on site for Duval elections warehouse leaves city council seeking answers

Illinois: Longest-serving county clerk to retire from Grundy

Massachusetts: Handicapped access problems outlined at Worcester polling places | Cambridge launches online voter registration search page

Mississippi: Bad ballots? Testimony focuses on absentee ballots

New Hampshire: Hassan signs voter bill; allows NH student IDs | GOP seeks voter fraud investigation | Hassan vetoes bill giving election workers flexibility on processing absentee ballots

North Carolina: Leaders: Voter ID would suppress the vote | Meck lawmakers at center of voter ID debate | Youth speakers join NAACP, call voter ID a return to racist policy | Voter bill passes second Senate vote | Opponents plan legal challenge to voting changes | Senate gives preliminary OK to election law clamp-down | WSSU early voting point of contention for new BOE | Voter ID proposal gets mixed reviews from Cumberland County

North Dakota: Petition aims to protect citizen-initiated measures

Ohio: Plans to relocate Stark BOE move forward

Pennsylvania: State aides testify in voter ID lawsuit | Pa. AFL-CIO analysis finds state's voter ID law disenfranchised thousands | Voter ID card issues slow trial | Holder to speak in Philly about VRA | Re-do election turnout low in Schuylkill and Carbon 

Rhode Island: Crowded field shaping up for secretary of state race 

South Dakota: Gant named treasurer of National Assoc. of Secretaries of State 

Texas: Countywide polling place program eliminates precinct restrictions 

Washington: Election rule change yields single name primary ballot | Help improve voting access 

Wisconsin: Man gets 30 days for voter registration fraud

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

July 24, 2013

California: Glendale officials consider ballot process changes

Colorado: Pueblo trying to figure out recall rules

Florida: Split decision on site for Duval elections warehouse leave council still seeking answers

Georgia: Judge's ruling could mean more election days

Indiana: Report cites rise in voter registrations following suit

Maryland: President of city's election board resigns

Massachusetts: On Beacon Hill, election reform with a missing piece | Plan in works to bring voting back to Highlands neighborhood

Mississippi: Jury seated to hear Hattiesburg election case

New Mexico: Rio Rancho making changes to elections

North Carolina: Sweeping changes to elections headed to a vote | Senate committee OKs voter ID bill | Students say ID bill restricts young voters | Voter restrictions advance | Republicans blasted for last-minute election bill | GOP legislators push sweeping election-law changes

Ohio: Voter locations changing again in Summit County

Pennsylvania: Three say getting voter ID was onerous | Home-bound seniors testify against Pa. voter ID law | State to open defense of voter ID law today | Berks woman testifies in voter ID trial | Hazelton Area candidate perseveres in special election

Tennessee: Wilson Co. election commission presents election preparation program at Del Webb

Texas: Local Dems protest voter ID laws | Elections office to get panic buttons

Utah: Election office selects special counsel

Vermont: Vermont secretary of state gets national post

Virginia: Caroline approves new voting machines | Virginians can register to vote online | SBOE, DMV launch online voter registration

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

July 23, 2013

National News: Hoyer introduces Election Assistance Commission resolution | Black Caucus members seek improvements to Voting Rights Act

Alabama: Bentley praises new absentee ballot law for emergency workers

California: Alameda Co. registrar of voters reaches out with new bilingual newsletter

Colorado: Special election rules detailed for Pueblo recall

Georgia: Troup announces hiring of elections supervisor | Federal judge ruling splits federal, state, local primary elections | Earlier primary, longer runoffs planned for Ga.

Kentucky: Campbell clerk digitizing voter registrations | 7 convicted of vote fraud seek release from prison

Louisiana: GeauxVote gets award

New Mexico: Lincoln Co. clerk wants ban on PAC-paid elections

New York: NYC creates app to bring voting into the 21st Century | 'Miscommunication' lead to NYC BOE shredding 20 pages of GOP petitions

North Carolina: Protestors gather in Raleigh to fight voter ID law

Ohio: State seeks removal of to Putnam BOE members

Pennsylvania: Select voters head back to the polls today| Memos: Pa. officials were wary of voter ID rules | Aides voiced concern over voter ID access in Pa. | Final law addressed concerns about disenfranchisement, state attorneys argue

South Carolina: City hold election meetings

Tennessee: Voters closer to Milton, Oakland get new precincts | Hargett elected president of NASS

Texas: Jeff County may go to central poll spots | Potter County commissioners form committee to consider voting centers | Finding a permanent voting location

Monday, 22 July 2013

July 20-22, 2013

National: The Voting Rights Act: Hard-won gains, an uncertain future

Alabama: New bill makes it easier for rescue workers to cast absentee ballots | Bently to hold ceremonial signing of bill for emergency workers

Alaska: Native rights group sues state over elections | Alaska Natives sue over election translations

Arizona: Rep. Pierce exploring run for secretary of state | GOP: Voting Rights Act ruling changes redistricting lines

California: California Association of Clerks and Elections takes steps into 21st Century digital era

Colorado: Details released about recall election

Connecticut: Judge rules redistricting plan vote illegal

Florida: Manatee learns from Miami-Dade's phantom ballot scandal

Georgia: County commission OKs precinct reduction | Changes likely for Georgia elections

Iowa: Vote centers will be used for school elections in BHC

Kansas: Problem of voter registrations in 'suspense' likely to continue

Louisiana: Nearly 30K low-income Louisianans apply to register to vote

Maryland: Harford BOE preps for 2014 primary

Mississippi: Election contest brings up memories of civil rights-era struggles | Jury could ultimately decide next Hattiesburg mayor

New Jersey: West Milford Township council asks Christie for election consolidation

New York: South Asians await Bengali ballots

North Carolina: Voter ID bill rolled out by Senate, locals react | Rally protests changes to state's voting laws | Student leaders give mixed reviews of voter ID bill | Voter ID bill focus of planned NAACP rally

Ohio: Pat Saunders dead at 65 | Hamilton County GOP chair: Better poll workers needed

Oregon: Ballot tampering spurs changes in Clackamas County election procedures

Pennsylvania: Communications expert: Voter ID law badly publicized| Voter ID trial wraps up first week | Newspaper editor named MoCo director of voter services | School board to re-vote in 2 counties Tuesday | Voter ID trial enters second week | Special primary is Tuesday

South Carolina: Williamsburg Co. could combine voter registration, election commission

Texas: Galveston election among first under new voter ID law | Local Dems to challenge voter ID laws with rally

Utah: Lawmakers rethinking bill that ups some elective terms | Layton voter receives Farmington ballot in the mail | Should primary election date be moved?

Virginia: Former Richmond council member wants review of absentee ballot procedures | Public meeting Tuesday on voting changes

Washington: League of Women Voters launches online election resource

Friday, 19 July 2013

Thursday, 18 July 2013

July 18, 2013

National: Congress weighs fixes to Voting Rights Act | Former Voting Rights Act provision gets hearing in Senate | Shelby decision hurts Asian American voters, groups tell Senate committee | Congress mulls path forward on voting rights | Senate revisits Voting Rights Act following court ruling

Alabama: New state ID law may pose some problems for Jefferson County | Photo ID required for voters next year | The cost of local elections

Alaska: Did Supreme Court rob Alaska Natives of their voice?

Arizona: Senator begins campaign to counter election referendum

California: Republican candidate for secretary of state plots campaign | Fresno County clerk clarifies how votes are counted | San Gabriel opens secret investigation into election complaints

Colorado: County commissioners give green light to clerk for legal action in recall attempt  

Indiana: Vote center committee tries to fill gaps

Kentucky: U.S. appeals court overturns convictions in Kentucky voter fraud case

Louisiana: Voter advocacy group, secretary of state differ in interpretation of registration numbers | La. voter registration test is mystery for historians

Maryland: Md. GOP considering open primary

Massachusetts: Voters' rights groups calling for updated election laws

Michigan: Stanley says secretary of state, governor's support will push no-reason absentee voting forward

Mississippi: Judge tosses results, orders new election for Canton

New Hampshire: Voter ID bill yet to reach Hassan's desk

New Jersey: State will reimburse Mercer County for special election expenses | Hunterdon, Warren counties won't receive special election funding until after votes | Glen Ridge may nix schools as voting sites for some

New York: Polling place stickers coming up for their own vote

North Carolina: White appointed elections board chair | Verdon takes over helm of elections board | Buncombe elections director on hot seat | Carteret BOE chairwoman named

Ohio: Ex-Ohio poll worker gets 5 years for illegal votes  | McGuckin appointed to elections board

Pennsylvania: Expert defends study showing 14.4 percent in Pa. lack voter ID | Homeless advocate testifies at voter ID trial | Year-old survey at issue in voter ID trial | County pols debate new for voter fraud law | State official to testify in Pa. voter ID trial

Texas: Galveston election among first under new voter ID law | New voting method to be tested in Bexar County

Virginia: Voter fraud charges against Pa. man dismissed | FC voter registrar gets certified

Wisconsin: Marshall board puts funds in budget for new voting equipment